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Degree awarded
MSc/Advanced Diploma/PGCert/CPD Diploma
Duration
MSc 3yr PT/AdvDip 2yr PT/PGCert 1yr PT/CPD 6 mths
Entry requirements

Potential students must hold a medical degree from an approved institution. No experience in occupational medicine is necessary. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

For further information please read Advice to Applicants.

Please note: If you have an enquiry specifically regarding the CPD Diploma course, please contact Mary Aldred on +44 (0) 161 275 5451 or email: CPD-COEH@manchester.ac.uk

Course options

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Course description

The programme is designed for all doctors working in occupational medicine, particularly those in specialist training posts who intend to prepare for their professional examinations with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM).

It also gives those who wish to pursue an additional academic qualification the chance to obtain an MSc in Occupational Medicine, awarded by the university. The programme adheres closely to the syllabus requirements of the FOM (London and Ireland); however it also aims to furnish an overview of the whole spectrum of medicine and hygiene within the sphere of work.

The third year of the MSc aims to impart a sound understanding of the theory, practice and methods required to carry out a valid piece of scientific research. The programme structure provides qualifications at the following levels:

  • CPD Diploma (PG Credit)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine
  • Advanced Diploma in Occupational Medicine
  • MSc in Occupational Medicine

The programme comprises:

  • A blend of specially commissioned written materials in electronic format (PDF), together with interactive teaching material - all delivered via the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard
  • In year 1 students are required to attend in Manchester for a 1-day seminar associated with Module 1 in month 3 and the same for Module 2 in month 5 for September starters and in month 6 for April starters and for one exam day in month 10
  • Students are allocated to tutorial groups for Modules 4 to 8, each supported by a specialist in occupational medicine. Tutorials are delivered via teleconference
  • In year 2, students are required to attend in Manchester for a 4-day practical course in month 5 and for one exam day in month 10
  • In year 3, students are required to attend a 3-day Research Methods course held at the University in month 1.
  • Students undertaking the CPD Diploma will follow the first 6 months of year 1; that is Modules 1-2 and the portfolio aspect of Module 3.  

Some components of the programme are held jointly with students studying the MSc in Occupational Hygiene.

Note: All taught course units will be assessed via examinations held at the university at intervals throughout the programme and the final year will be assessed via submission of a dissertation.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £3,570 per annum
    International students: £7,350 per annum
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £3,570
    International students: £7,350
  • Advanced Diploma (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £3,570 per annum
    International students: £7,350 per annum
  • Modular (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £1,785
    International students: £1,785

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Please note: The fees do not cover any costs for travel, accommodation, professional exams, etc.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance. 

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health does not offer any sponsorship. However, a number of our students are sponsored by their employers or the governments of their home countries.

Please see the University of Manchester site, for information on other funding opportunities.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
Contact name
Irene Kapetanaki
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 275 1648
Email
Website
www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/programmes/taughtmasters/occupationalmedicine/?code=07886

Academic department overview

See: About the Faculty

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Potential students must hold a medical degree from an approved institution. No experience in occupational medicine is necessary. 

English language

Students whose first language is not English and who have not received a first degree from a university of a majority English-speaking country must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system, such as IELTS or TOEFL. We require a minimum of:

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one component
  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test 90 with a minimum of 22 in any one component

For a list of majority English-speaking countries, please refer to the UKBA website.

Please note: If the language of instruction of your first degree was English, but you obtained the degree from a university of a non-majority English-speaking country, the English language requirement could be waived for applicants on our CPD Diploma programme only, provided written evidence is submitted. After successfully completing this level of the course, students could then be considered for progression to the award-bearing levels of our course.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

Overseas students should note that:

  • In year 1 students are required to attend in Manchester for a 1-day seminar associated with Module 1 in month 3 and the same for Module 2 in month 5 or 6 and for one exam day in month 10*
  • Students will be required to participate in two tutorials per course module for modules 4 to 8, via teleconference
  • In year 2, students are required to attend in Manchester for a 4-day practical course in month 5 and for one exam day in month 10
  • In year 3, students are required to attend a 3-day Research Methods course held at the University in month 1
  • All examinations are held at the University

 *Students on the CPD Diploma are required to attend in Manchester for a 1-day seminar associated with Module 1 in month 3 and the same for Module 2 in month 5 or 6 only.

Other entry requirements

Computer requirements

All materials are accessed solely online, via the University¿s Virtual Learning environment, Blackboard. Students are therefore advised that they will require ready access to a computer, with the following minimum specification:

  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 1 GB of free disk space
  • Soundcard and speakers/headphones
  • Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768
  • Broadband Internet connection

Your computer will need one of the following operating systems:

Microsoft® Windows® Operating System

  • Windows®XP (32-bit)
  • Windows Vista® (32-bit)
  • Windows Vista (64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32-bit)
  • Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • Apple® Mac OS® Operating System
  • Mac OSX 10.5 'Leopard®'
  • Mac OSX 10.6 'Snow Leopard®'

Your computer will need one of the following Blackboard-supported browsers:

Windows

  • Internet Explorer 9 (Not Windows XP 32-bit)
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Firefox (Final Research Channel)
  • Firefox 3.6
  • Chrome (Stable Channel)

Mac

  • Safari 5.0
  • Safari 4.0
  • Firefox (Final Research Channel)
  • Firefox 3.6
  • Chrome (Stable Channel)

To run some of the interactive exercises, you will also need:

How to apply

Apply online

For further information please read Advice to Applicants.

Please note: If you have an enquiry specifically regarding the CPD Diploma course, please contact Mary Aldred on +44 (0) 161 275 5451 or email: CPD-COEH@manchester.ac.uk

Advice to applicants

All applicants must apply online, and the following supporting documents should be provided to support the application:

  • Two references, no more than 6 months old. These references MUST be on letter-headed paper, dated AND signed by the referee.
  • Two referee report forms using Referee report form (PDF, 28 KB)
  • Photocopies of degree certificates
  • Evidence of English language ability (if appropriate).

Please note if any documents are in a language other than English, official translations need to be provided.

International Students: Please upload a copy of your current valid passport showing the photograph page with your application.

Without these documents a decision cannot be reached.

Please upload the supporting documents with the online application. If applicants are unable to do this, they may submit the application online and either post, email or fax copies of the documents separately when they are available.

Please send documents supporting applications for the PG Cert/AdvDip or MSc to:

Claudia Keller

COEH, Room C4.14, 4th Floor, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5451

Fax: +44 (0)161 275 5625

Email: PGT-COEH@manchester.ac.uk

The School prefers all applications to be online, but if this is not possible then please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team to request a printed application form

Please send documents supporting applications for the CPD Diploma to:

Mary Aldred

COEH, Room C4.14, 4th Floor, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5451

Fax: +44 (0)161 275 5625

Email: CPD-COEH@manchester.ac.uk

The School prefers all applications to be online, but if this is not possible then please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team to request a printed application form

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

The programme is designed for all doctors working in occupational medicine, particularly those in specialist training posts who intend to prepare for their professional examinations with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM).

It also gives those who wish to pursue an additional academic qualification the chance to obtain an MSc in Occupational Medicine, awarded by the university. The programme adheres closely to the syllabus requirements of the FOM (London and Ireland); however it also aims to furnish an overview of the whole spectrum of medicine and hygiene within the sphere of work.

The third year of the MSc aims to impart a sound understanding of the theory, practice and methods required to carry out a valid piece of scientific research. The programme structure provides qualifications at the following levels:

  • CPD Diploma (PG Credit)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine
  • Advanced Diploma in Occupational Medicine
  • MSc in Occupational Medicine

The programme comprises:

  • A blend of specially commissioned written materials in electronic format (PDF), together with interactive teaching material - all delivered via the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard
  • In year 1 students are required to attend in Manchester for a 1-day seminar associated with Module 1 in month 3 and the same for Module 2 in month 5 for September starters and in month 6 for April starters and for one exam day in month 10
  • Students are allocated to tutorial groups for Modules 4 to 8, each supported by a specialist in occupational medicine. Tutorials are delivered via teleconference
  • In year 2, students are required to attend in Manchester for a 4-day practical course in month 5 and for one exam day in month 10
  • In year 3, students are required to attend a 3-day Research Methods course held at the University in month 1.
  • Students undertaking the CPD Diploma will follow the first 6 months of year 1; that is Modules 1-2 and the portfolio aspect of Module 3.  

Some components of the programme are held jointly with students studying the MSc in Occupational Hygiene.

Note: All taught course units will be assessed via examinations held at the university at intervals throughout the programme and the final year will be assessed via submission of a dissertation.

Aims

The CPD Diploma aims to:

  • Allow the holder to achieve a level of knowledge/competence appropriate to a generalist working in occupational health
  • Prepare students for the FOM Diploma in Occupational Medicine (DOccMed)

The Certificate aims to allow the holder to achieve a level of knowledge/competence appropriate to a generalist working in occupational health.

The Advanced Diploma aims to allow the holder to achieve a level of knowledge/competence exceeding that of a generalist working in occupational health, and provides a basis for the theoretical knowledge that is required by physicians undertaking specialist training in occupational medicine. The Masters programme aims to:

  • Provide information required by medical practitioners working in the field of occupational medicine, and to allow them to pursue an academic qualification in this subject
  • Allow students to access a range of specialist knowledge and resources within the discipline of occupational health
  • Attract students who will benefit from distance learning methodology, which allows them to apply the knowledge gained during their day-to-day work
  • Consider the evidence on which occupational health practice is based
  • Attract students who will benefit from studying in a research-enriched environment and (especially for students progressing to the third year of the MSc) offer the opportunity to undertake research-based activities relevant to occupational health
Masters

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by eight examination papers, one per course module. The first will be sat at seminar 1 (year 1, month 3) and the second at seminar 2 (year 1, month 5 for September starters and month 6 for April starters). The remaining year 1 assessments will be sat in month 10.*

For year 2, assessments will be held in month 5 and 10. The pass mark is 50% for the Module 1 and 2 examinations and 40% for Module 3 to 8 examinations at PG Cert and AdvDip level and 50% at MSc level. If students wish to proceed to the MSc they are also required to complete a third year and prepare a dissertation. For doctors in approved training posts, the dissertation may also be eligible for submission for the MFOM.

*Students on the CPD Diploma undertake examination assessment at seminar 1 (year 1, month 3) and the second at seminar 2 (year 1, month 5 for September starters and month 6 for April starters) only.

Course unit details

YEAR 1

Module 1: Foundation for Postgraduate Practice

  • Occupational Health in Perspective
  • Introduction to Occupational Health Law
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Ethical Considerations in Practice
  • Introduction to Toxicology
  • Introduction to Occupational Hygiene
  • Introduction to Lighting
  • Introduction to Temperature and Work
  • Introduction to Noise and Vibration
  • Introduction to Hazardous Substances

Module 2: Fitness for Work

  • Recognising Occupational Disease
  • Introduction to Occupational Dermatology
  • Introduction to Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Introduction to the Respiratory System
  • Introduction to Infectious Diseases
  • Mental Ill Health and Stress at Work
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Health Assessment, Surveillance and Screening
  • Sickness Absence
  • Disability Assessment

Module 3: Health and Workability

  • Workplace and Clinical Assessment Skills: the Portfolio
  • Advanced Occupational Health Law
  • Health Promotion
  • Ageing and Employment
  • Ergonomics
  • Shift Work and Circadian Rhythms
  • Rehabilitation and Return to Work
  • Choosing a Research Topic and Literature Review
  • Developing the Research Question
  • Common Mental Health Problems and the Workplace

Module 4: Aspects of Good Professional Behaviour

  • Management
  • Professional Behaviour/Leadership and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Clinical Governance
  • Quality and Audit
  • Standard Setting
  • Business Needs in the Provision of an Occupational Health Service

YEAR 2

Module 5: Understanding Physical Agents
  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Radiation
  • Compressed Air Work and Commercial Diving
  • Temperature and Work
  • Light and Vision
Module 6: Management of Occupationally Related Disease
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Occupational Dermatoses
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Occupational Cancers
  • Aviation Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Module 7: Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Epidemiology & Statistics
  • Life Long Learning/Teaching and Appraisal
  • Evidence Based Medicine (EBM)
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Social Research Methods
  • Information Technology
Module 8: Management of Workplace Hazards
  • Industry and Environment
  • Occupational Hygiene Practice
  • Food Hygiene
  • Prevention of Accidents
  • Principles of Toxicology
  • Occupational Health in a Global Market

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

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